International Banquet shares culture with campus Reply

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Students model during the fashion show portion of the international banquet. The event also included dancing, food dishes from a variety of cultures, and a silent auction. (Photo by Leneai Stuart)

Leneai Stuart – 1851 Staff

The International Club held its second annual International Banquet last month. Money raised from the event was donated to Angels of Hope to benefit orphans in Uganda. The founder of Angels of Hope, Fay D’Avignon, was present at the event and spoke about how she had started the foundation
and what inspired her.

“The International Banquet is a great way to bring the whole Lasell community together for a good cause,” said International Club advisor Professor Dana Janbek.

A silent auction took place featuring two items from India, including an Oswal shawl, key chains, and other items from Middle Eastern countries. Many different food dishes were made by faculty and students ranging from African to Asian cuisine. One of the dishes was Oozy, a Mediterranean dish of rice, beef stew, peas, carrots, and almonds. Another was Chapti, a bread common to India, Africa, and the Middle East.

Following dinner, Lasell’s step team performed their unique dancing style. The all-girls team displayed a variety of dances that kept the performance lively and the crowd entertained. Step dancing can be traced back to cultural dance traditions in Africa.

The International Banquet also featured a fashion show, giving Lasell students a chance to show off their modeling skills on a runway in the middle of the room for the event. Designs by Lasell student Emmy Guzman, as well as many other outfits, were worn. Traditional outfits from Pakistan, Uganda, Nigeria, and India inspired the garments.

“I think it went well. People seemed engaged and interested about the cause,” said junior Co-President of the International Club Tamara Matama. “The club hopes to have made an impact and to make people more aware.”

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